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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 10:49, 27/05/2009 - Views loading...

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Leaving Condoriri

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I left the the following day via this pass at 5100m to cross over to the valley on the other side. The weather was about to turn nasty and we had rain and hailstones until late in the afternoon. Pico Aguja Negra (5336m) is the name of the peak that straddles the pass and Cerro Zongo Jisthana (5140m) is the one on the other side of the valley.

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